Today, Maundy Thursday, marks the beginning of Paschal Triduum, which concludes on Easter Sunday. In the liturgical calendar, it is a three-day period for reflecting on the passion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.



The significance of Holy Week has been inculcated in me since childhood. My mind was then re-wired for the observance as more than the religion we are part of. It is also about our faith.

Faith, for me, is the belief that we have a purpose and meaning apart from ourselves. That purpose could manifest from the very basic unit of our society, the family, and to the bigger collective that is humanity. The Laudato Si of Pope Francis called on humanity to ponder on our lifestyles and daily practices that degrade the planet which, in turn, hurt the most vulnerable.

I experienced and witnessed several traditions and activities being practiced during Holy Week. Fasting and abstinence, ‘pabasa’ and ‘Visita Iglesia’ are evident among the Catholics. Being a holiday, many also go on vacation to break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Others simply prefer to rest in their dwellings, unplugged from anything virtual, and peacefully connect with the Creator through prayer.

Above all these, it could be the best time to encourage everyone—on personal, corporate, and government levels—to take pause and reflect on our actions toward the place that provides us life.

It is human nature to have needs and wants. However, have we asked ourselves if what we are doing and our desires border on overconsumption?

For corporations, have you as business entities contemplated on the cry of nature and truly taken steps to halt the plight of people who are most affected by unsustainable development and destructive corporate practices?

To the government, particularly those seeking the highest post in the country, have you listened to the growing voices asking you to sincerely consider and act on alarming circumstances, such as climate change and food security?

We are the humanity. Thus, regardless of religion, we are bestowed a purpose to take care of each other and the environment. The future of our planet lies in our actions, whether individually or collectively. I want to further press that there is no Planet B. Let us again reflect on what the Laudato Si of Pope Francis taught us, because it was addressed not only to Christians but directed at each one of us on the planet, our common home.

Diah Abida is the Communications Support Officer at Greenpeace Southeast Asia - Philippines. You may follow her on Twitter via @diahabida